A US Army vet is speaking out publicly for the first time about a former VA Physician’s Assistant accused of sexually abusing patients.
Some vets say nothing was ever done when they first made complaints about the medical professional at the Leavenworth VA Hospital.
“When I made my initial complaint the response was, ‘Oh don’t worry about it. He’s gonna retire soon, he’ll be leaving anyway,’” said Army vet Josh Hutchinson. On Tuesday, he filed a federal lawsuit against VA Secretary Robert McDonald and the former VA employee.
Hutchinson says the VA never offered any help, and vets were always put on the backburner. KSHB reports that multiple lawsuits have been filed in state and federal court against the same Physician’s Assistant– Mark Wisner.
When 41Action News first reported on this back in 2015- there had already been a few veterans who spoke with them off camera about these horrific allegations. Those vets had been seeking treatment for PTSD from Wisner.
At the time of that report, it was revealed in documents from the state board –which oversees medical professionals– that Wisner was molesting patients, over-medicating them and not referring vets to the services they needed.
Wisner left his job that following February, when the Kansas Board of Healing Arts charged that he had “repeatedly performed testicular and genital exams”, sometimes without gloves, for no other reason than for his own pleasure.
Wisner eventually admitted to the state board that he should not be practicing. While Wisner is facing criminal charges for cases involving up to 90 victims – Hutchinson says he’s now helping other vets who say they experienced the same treatment at Leavenworth.
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